CES 2012: The Beautiful And The Magnificent
Waterproof cellphones, Android apps on Windows 8 and a phone with massive battery life: here’s the best of the best.brunch Updated: Feb 04, 2012 19:16 IST
Yes, I know. This was supposed to be all about the best and the worst of the Consumer Electronics Show this year. It’s not! One, there were very few clunkers this year and two, all I’ve got is two measly pages to bring you the biggest consumer electronics show in the world. Forget all the bad stuff, forget the worst – it’s time to roll out the beautiful, the magnificent and the awesome: the best of CES 2012.
Samsung Ultrabook 9
Talk about building a stunning product and also stunningly confusing people. This is the 9 series Ultrabook from Samsung, which is what it was called last year too. Why pour in state-of-the-art changes and upgrade something so significantly and still call it the same? This year’s model is thinner, lighter and more powerful. If an Ultrabook could be called an anorexic demigod, then this is it.
The dream gadget is finally a reality and the tangled cable nightmare is finally over. No more cables, dust-gathering wires and HDMI to connect all your peripherals to your TV. A gaming console, a 3D Blu-Ray player, your HD DTH player... just connect them to the StreamCast and even if it’s 100 feet away, it will transmit it all to your TV with zero loss of quality. Even 5.1 surround sound, thus, can be used for a full audiophile setup with no source wires. Perfection.
LG 55 OLED TV
OLED is our future. Low power, high-contrast, razor-thin, stunning images – and now it’s got a model number and a release date – just not a price point yet. LG’s 3D 55-inch OLED TV, out in September, will stun your eyes (and your bank balance).
Samsung 55 OLED TV
And right next to the LG and looking as stunning was the Samsung OLED. It’s pure love and lust and absolute wizardry for the eyes. The only question is, who will be the first to take these stunners out for us to buy.
Motorola Razr Maxx
If you’re the chatty type, then this could well be the only gadget you need to read about on these pages. This is the Razr that has some serious battery power – 3300 mAh of it. It can give you 21 hours of talktime – that’s straight talktime, not standby. It’s still Razr-thin and it’s still super good-looking. This is talking your brains out to the Maxx.
Strap it on and it gives you multiple gadgets in one. It can talk to your phone, show your messages, give you notifications and tell you the time too – but it’s the fitness part that is really stunning. It tracks your life and movement down to the point where it’ll
literally tell you to move that fat a*s off the chair and onto the running track. Powerful uploads to a dedicated website to seal the deal.
Lenovo S2 tab
At one time this company was only know for making serious, fairly drab looking laptops. Today, it seems to be churning out the most exciting looking and high performing devices one after the other. The Lenovo IdeaPad S2 is a 10.1-inch tablet with a 1280×800 IPS screen display and a snap-out laptop-to-Tablet latch system plus about 22 hours of battery life. It weighs just 580 gm. Yes, Lenovo is really doing some good things in their labs.
Samsung Tube Amp Docks
Talk about a great idea. Build some of the best looking docks and add one feature to them that makes them stand out from the rest. Samsung just did just that. They built in tube amps into a whole line up of docks. Tube Amps, which existed only in the field of pure audiophile equipment, can now be giving off a warm and fulfilling sound from your Galaxy S2 phone.
Sennheiser RS 220
The number of people waiting in line to try this one at CES was almost ridiculous. This is where wired headphones are made to look very bad. With digital inputs, a bass that thumps right deep into your spine and clarity that blows anything with a cable out of the water – the wait for the RS 220 is over. This is pure audiophile wireless nirvana wrapped around your ears.
Huawei Ascend P1 S
Here’s a company on fire that is churning out one world-beater after another. The Ascend P1 S is the world’s thinnest smartphone and it looks it. It’s 6.68 mm thick and beats the Moto Razr by a fair bit as that one is 7.1 mm. A 4.3-inch AMOLED screen, dual-core 1.5 GHz CPU, SGX 540 GPU, 8-megapixel camera and 1 GB of RAM. Now tell me you’re not salivating.
Bang and Olufsen Beolit 12
They say that if you have to ask the price of a Bang and Olufsen product then you probably can’t afford it. This is isn’t one of those times. The Danish manufacturer has launched a new brand, B&O Play, which is for the young at heart and the light on the wallet. And one of the first out of the gate is the Beolit 12 at CES, a stunning portable Airplay speaker that delivers a serious amount of detailed sound.
I don’t think Asus got the memo that said that you can’t make a super economical Tablet and also pack it with more power than the most expensive ones. This quad-core Android 4.0 tablet will cost just US$250 and still come with 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, an 8-megapixel camera, HDMI output, and a 1280x800 resolution IPS screen. Go figure what this will do to the competition.
While Microsoft is basking in the warm glow of its Windows 8 success at CES, it’s this app that is radiating even more fire. It will come pre-installed on select Windows 8 machines and will open an amazing world of joy to you. The entire Android marketplace will be right there on top of Win 8 for you to use and play. That’s more than 4,00,000 Android apps just to get you started.
HzO uses a WaterBlock technology that is based on a thin film nano-coating that provides a layer of protection around electronic circuity and blocks out moisture. So you can literally do what you like with your phone – go swimming, take it to the beach and flush it down your toilet. The amazing thing, even with the back cover open and the battery exposed, HZO made sure the phone works.
Sony Xperia S
Out goes the Ericsson co-branding and in comes the best looking phone of CES. Sony Xperia S features a 4.3-inch 720p HD display, a 12-megapixel camera and a clear bar at the bottom that is truly magical. It’s also super-thin and very light and feels perfect in the hand.
LG Smart Scan
What can I say? This is one of those why-didn’t- anyone-else-think-of-this-before kind of devices. And it makes a lot of sense. There it is, the mouse rolling around on your desktop, covering miles and miles of distance up and down. Why not build a scanner in it and make sure that it reduces the clutter around your desk. I love it.
Lenovo Ice cream Sandwich TV
Here’s a TV that can make almost any laptop or Tablet get a serious inferiority complex. The K91 is the world’s first TV that comes with a Qualcomm 8060 Snapdragon 1.5 GHz processor. And that’s why it’s also the first ever TV that comes with Android 4.0 built right in. So what does that do? Lots actually. Smart TV features, video calling, browsing, social networking, all the apps, games and utilities plus voice-control technology.
It’s glass and it’s beautiful and I don’t care how many people ask me about what happens if I drop it. Who cares. This is stunning and awesome all rolled into one. Scratch-resistant black glass on the top, only 1-inch thick, a 128 GB solid-state drive and nine hours of battery life. Now would you ever drop this piece of exquisiteness?
Razr Project fiona
Here’s another company that is truly killing it with one revolutionary product after another. This time it’s a serious tablet with controls built in. And it’s made to play proper, hardcore and state-of-the-art PC games, not your
fiddly diddly tablet and phone games.
Nokia Lumia 900
Yes, I know this is what the Lumia 800 should have been. Creating a sensation at CES, Nokia truly pulled out all the stops with the 900 with a 4.3-inch AMOLED screen and dual cameras. It’s big, it’s blue, it’s beautiful.
Rajiv Makhni is managing editor, Technology, NDTV and the anchor of Gadget Guru, Cell Guru and Newsnet 3. Follow Rajiv on Twitter at twitter.com/RajivMakhni
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First Published: Feb 04, 2012 13:52 IST